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From London to Loch Ness: The Best Routes for Epic UK Self-Drive Tours
Are you ready to embark on an unforgettable adventure through the stunning landscapes of the United Kingdom? Look no further than self-drive tours, the perfect way to explore this diverse and captivating country at your own pace. With a wealth of picturesque destinations and scenic routes, the UK offers endless possibilities for those seeking an immersive travel experience. In this article, we’ll guide you through some of the best routes for epic UK self-drive tours, starting from London and leading all the way to the legendary Loch Ness.
The Classic English Countryside Route
Heading north from London, immerse yourself in the classic charm of England’s countryside. This route takes you through picturesque villages, rolling green hills, and historic landmarks that will leave you in awe. Begin your journey by driving towards Oxfordshire, where you can explore the prestigious Oxford University and wander through its enchanting streets lined with medieval architecture.
Continuing northwards, make a stop at Stratford-upon-Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare. Visit his childhood home and soak up the literary atmosphere before venturing further into the heart of England’s countryside.
Next on your itinerary is the breathtaking Peak District National Park. Drive along winding roads that snake through dramatic landscapes adorned with heather-covered moorlands and limestone cliffs. Take a leisurely walk or hike one of many trails to fully appreciate this area’s natural beauty.
The Scottish Highlands Adventure
Leaving England behind, cross over into Scotland to experience its awe-inspiring landscapes along one of its most iconic routes – The North Coast 500. This circular route begins in Inverness and takes you on a journey around Scotland’s northernmost coastline.
As you drive along this route, prepare to be mesmerized by rugged mountains, pristine beaches, ancient castles, and sparkling lochs. Don’t miss out on exploring famous attractions such as the Eilean Donan Castle, the fairy-tale-like Dunrobin Castle, and the mystical Loch Ness.
The Scottish Highlands offer endless opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. Take a hike in the Cairngorms National Park, go wild swimming in one of its many lochs, or simply enjoy the tranquility of the breathtaking landscapes around you. With each passing mile, you’ll feel more connected to Scotland’s rich history and untamed beauty.
The Welsh Coastal Expedition
For those seeking coastal beauty and fascinating history, a self-drive tour along Wales’ stunning coastline is a must. Starting from Cardiff, head west towards Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. This rugged and diverse landscape boasts breathtaking cliffs, golden sandy beaches, and picturesque seaside towns.
Continue your journey northwards to Snowdonia National Park. Drive through winding mountain roads and be rewarded with panoramic views of majestic peaks and serene lakes. For adrenaline junkies, Snowdonia offers ample opportunities for hiking, rock climbing, or even zip-lining at Europe’s longest zip line attraction.
The Magical Irish Adventure
No UK self-drive tour would be complete without exploring Ireland’s enchanting landscapes. Begin your Irish adventure in Dublin and drive along the Wild Atlantic Way – a coastal route that stretches over 1,500 miles along Ireland’s western seaboard.
As you traverse this scenic route, marvel at dramatic cliffs like Slieve League and discover charming villages such as Dingle or Galway. Immerse yourself in Ireland’s rich culture by stopping at historic sites like Blarney Castle or exploring the vibrant streets of Dublin’s Temple Bar district.
Embarking on a UK self-drive tour allows you to create your own unique travel experience while immersing yourself in some of the most captivating landscapes this country has to offer. From London to Loch Ness, these routes will take you on an unforgettable journey through England’s countryside, Scotland’s Highlands, Wales’ coastline, and Ireland’s magical landscapes. So grab a map, hop in the car, and get ready for an epic adventure through the United Kingdom.
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A Birmingham city centre finale, the most northerly stage in race history and a return to three former host venues are among the highlights of this year’s Women’s Tour, details of which have been revealed today.
Britain’s longest-running international women’s cycle race returns for its ninth edition in 2023, with this year’s route featuring six new start and finish locations and opportunities aplenty for combative and unpredictable racing.
This year’s Women’s Tour will comprise the following stages:
- Stage one | Wednesday 7 June | Stratford-upon-Avon to Royal Leamington Spa
- Stage two | Thursday 8 June | Northampton to Ampthill
- Stage three | Friday 9 June | Dalby Forest to Guisborough
- Stage four | Saturday 10 June | Coleshill to Derby
- Stage five | Sunday 11 June | Birmingham city centre circuit race
Today’s route announcement comes as the race organisers have revealed that the race urgently requires additional commercial income for the 2023 edition. As well as the title sponsorship of the event, three of the race’s four prestigious jersey classifications (leader, mountains, and best young rider) remain available, while individual stage partnership packages (including naming rights) have been launched for the first time for selected stages. The search for an auto partner to supply vehicles also continues.
This year’s Women’s Tour has already attracted the support of cottages.com, Brother UK, Accurist and cycleGuard. Organisers hope that today’s route announcement will generate additional commercial interest in the race. Click here for more information.
The 2023 route
Despite being the second most visited county in race history, Warwickshire will host the Women’s Tour Grand Départ for the first time ever in 2023. Over 100 of the world’s best riders will set out from the world-famous town of Stratford-upon-Avon, best known for being the birthplace of Shakespeare. Stage one finishes in Royal Leamington Spa, scene of victories for Australians Chloe Hosking and Sarah Roy in the 2017 and 2018 editions of the race respectively.
Stage two will start in Northampton, a town forever linked to the race having hosted its first-ever stage finish in 2014. The most southerly day of the race will culminate in the Central Bedfordshire town of Ampthill, the first new host venue of the 2023 edition.
The Queen stage of this year’s Women’s Tour comes on day three, from Dalby Forest to Guisborough via the North York Moors. Home to over 8,500 acres of walking, running and cycle trails, the Forestry England site hosted the men’s Tour of Britain in 2008. Guisborough is also no stranger to cycling, having previously welcomed rounds of the Tour Series circuit race event in 2021 and 2022.
Three days on from hosting the Grand Départ , Warwickshire will feature once again, with the North Warwickshire market town of Coleshill marking the starting point for stage four . Set entirely within the Midlands, the peloton will race towards the city centre of Derby, which is home to one of the UK’s six indoor velodromes.
Nearly a year on from hosting a spectacular Commonwealth Games, this year’s Women’s Tour will culminate in Birmingham – Britain’s second city – on Sunday 11 June. Stage five will comprise a circuit race around the city’s famous Jewellery Quarter. The successor to 2022 champion Elisa Longo Borghini will be crowned a stone’s throw away from the historic St Paul’s Square.
Video: relive the Women’s Tour 2022, won by Trek – Segafredo’s Elisa Longo Borghini
Mick Bennett, Women’s Tour race director, said: “While it seems like only yesterday that we were crowning Elisa Longo Borghini as our 2022 champion following that dramatic finale in Oxford, it feels fantastic to unveil the stages for this year’s Women’s Tour. Given the current economic climate, we have had to work harder than ever before to put together a race befitting of the world’s best teams and riders, so I must thank all of our stakeholders for their continued support of the event.
“We look forward to seeing engaged communities, packed towns, and crowded cities at this year’s race. See you all in June!”
About the Women’s Tour
Launched in 2014, the award-winning event was the UK’s first international women’s stage race for women. Heralded as a game-changer in the journey towards gender equality in sport, previous winners of the Women’s Tour include Marianne Vos (2014), Lizzie Deignan (2016, 2019) and Demi Vollering (2021).
Further details of this year’s race, including competing teams, leaders’ jerseys and stage routes, will be revealed in the coming weeks.
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Women’s Tour ‘impossible to deliver’ as organisers admit defeat over 2023 event
- Loss of five-day race a further blow for British cycling
- Funding gap of £400,000 proves insurmountable
The Women’s Tour will not take place this summer after the organising company admitted defeat in its attempts to find the funding required to stage the five-day Women’s WorldTour race in June.
Last month Sweetspot announced a five-day route for the popular race, down from the usual six, but warned it needed to find £500,000 in new sponsorship in order to go ahead – even launching a crowdfunding campaign to try to spur interest. It set a soft deadline of Easter to make progress before it would need to start paying deposits on some of the primary expenses, mainly accommodation at this point, but has now announced that the target is for the race to return for its 10th anniversary edition in 2024.
“Owing to a combination of increased running costs (approximately 20% higher in comparison to the 2022 race) and a reduced level of commercial support, it has proved impossible to deliver the event that was proposed for June,” a statement said.
The crowdfunding campaign raised over £18,000 from more than 500 individuals, with pledges ranging from £5 to £1,000, but it did not lead to the bigger deals Sweetspot needed and the funding gap remained at about £400,000 when the plug was pulled. The crowdfunding pledges will now be refunded.
The loss of the race, which counts Lizzie Deignan, Marianne Vos and Elisa Longo Borghini among its former winners, is the biggest hit yet for a domestic scene that has absorbed a number of blows this year. The domestic Tour Series has not taken place while there has been a downscaling of British Cycling’s national road series. The UCI Continental team AT85 Pro Cycling abruptly closed their doors this month.
Deignan, a two-time winner of the Women’s Tour, last month said the postponement of the race would represent “a huge loss” for both the domestic and international calendar, saying she had been targeting the event in training as she plans her return after giving birth for a second time.
Sweetspot said the Tour of Britain, the eight-day men’s race due to take place in the first week of September, is still on track, with details of the route expected next month.
“While not immune to the economic environment and same commercial pressures faced by the Women’s Tour and Tour Series, we remain confident that the Tour of Britain (Sunday 3 to Sunday 10 September) will run as planned,” the statement added. “This is, in part, due to a number of commercial agreements already in place that are unique to this event. Plans to launch the race in the coming weeks are unaffected by this announcement.”
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This year’s edition of the Women’s Tour was due to start in Stratford-upon-Avon on 7 June and include a stage in the North Yorkshire Moors, the furthest north it would have ever ventured, before a final-day circuit race in Birmingham city centre.
Sweetspot have already announced that next year’s race is due to start in Wales as part of a long-term agreement with the Welsh government, with talks due to be held with those local authorities which have missed out this year on whether they would like to host a stage in the future.
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Women's Tour of Sussex 2023 (Cancelled)
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The 2023 Tour of Sussex will be a single day National B road race.
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Women's Tour cancelled for 2023, organisers cite lack of financial backing
The Women’s Tour, the biggest women's race hosted in Britain, is on the chopping block as the organisers, also behind the men's Tour of Britain, said the landmark race will go on a hiatus for 2023 owing to high running costs and a lack of sponsors and commercial support.
The award-winning race, whose ninth edition was due to roll out on June 7th in Stratford-upon-Avon, has been a staple of British racing in the past few years. The organisers, Sweetspot, who created the race in 2014 and have run it ever since, are finding it difficult to fund the race.
In their announcement of the axe today morning, the organisers said: “Owing to a combination of increased running costs (approximately 20% higher in comparison to the 2022 race), a reduced level of commercial support, and challenges in finding a vehicle partner to replace ŠKODA to help create a safe racing environment for riders and spectators alike, it has proved impossible to deliver the event that was proposed for June.”
> Women’s Tour in danger of being cancelled as organisers make urgent plea for sponsors
On 9 March, the same day that they revealed the route for the now-cancelled this year’s event, Sweetspot had issued an urgent appeal for sponsorship of the 2023 edition of the race, with reports suggesting that if new backing is not secured, the event may have to be cancelled. The Guardian had reported that the organisers face a £500,000 shortfall.
A few days after that, Sweetspot had launched a a crowdfunding initiative to help cover the event’s organisational costs and make up for the shortfall in sponsorship income, as two-time winner Lizzie Deignan declared her support for the beleaguered event.
The organisers, whose event already seemed under fears of organisational shortfall, seemed to have succumbed in the wake of a lack of financial backing.
This decision was taken after the three-week renewed appeal for funding failed to muster the £100,000 deficit for Sweetspot to justify running the race, instead only securing £18,000 via the crowdfunding scheme GoFundMe. The company said it seemed impossible to cover up the holes in finances with no hopes of finding more resources. They also mentioned that the refunds process has already begun to all those who donated through GoFundMe.
> Women’s Tour launches crowdfunding campaign to cover sponsorship shortfall
The organisers Sweetspot, who created the race in 2014 and have run it every year ever since (except in 2020 when it cancelled because of the Covid-19 pandemic), along with another cornerstone of British racing calendar, men’s Tour of Britain, had hoped that the route announcement will generate additional commercial interest in the race.
We're really sorry to hear this news, but we're looking forward to your return to the calendar next year 💜 — British Cycling (@BritishCycling) March 31, 2023
In 2022, the week-long stage race went ahead without a title sponsor. Three of the race’s four jerseys – the leader, mountains and best young rider classifications – were also without a sponsor.
Additionally, the race is also seeking a vehicle partner after Skoda exercised a break clause to end its deal at the end of last year. Sweetspot has a soft deadline of mid-April to begin plugging the gap given the need to begin booking accommodation.
The race already had interest from sponsors like cottages.com, Brother UK, Accurist and cycleGuard, but that seems to have failed to have provided enough financial backing for the organisers.
The Women's Tour is Britain’s longest-running major international stage race, which boasts riders like Lizzie Deignan, Marianne Vos and Elisa Longo Borghini as its former winners.
Back in March, Race director Mick Bennett had said: “Given the current economic climate, we have had to work harder than ever before to put together a race befitting of the world’s best teams and riders, so I must thank all of our stakeholders for their continued support of the event.
“We look forward to seeing engaged communities, packed towns, and crowded cities at this year’s race. See you all in June!”
As of now, the organisers say that they are already working on plans for next year’s edition, which will mark the 10th anniversary of the inaugural Women’s Tour. Wales will host the event’s Grand Départ for the first time as part of a long-term agreement already in place with the Welsh Government.
Sweetspot also mentioned that commercial partners wishing to be involved in the 2024 edition can find out more information on their website .
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Where are the cycling philanthropists? Someone should support this essential race.
Shameful. Laughing stock of Europe.
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Comment by a runner turned cyclist - Why can't women's races be combined with men's races like all running races are? There could be a staggered or separate start. The logistics might be more complicated, but not impossible. Ok, purists might not like it, but it's better than nothing.
All the more shocking as we learn that Richie Sunak has just spent £500,000 of tax payers money on private jet flights in a fortnight
Velovite wrote: All the more shocking as we learn that Richie Sunak has just spent £500,000 of tax payers money on private jet flights in a fortnight
lf only he had gone by bike.
This is a real shame though.
Thats a real shame, it was always good racing to watch.
I'd rather have the Womens Tour than a third of tax-dodger Lineker on telly.
PRSboy wrote: Thats a real shame, it was always good racing to watch. I'd rather have the Womens Tour than a third of tax-dodger Lineker on telly.
And Golden Shoehorn of the Week goes to...
Oh and Lineker has won his appeal against HMRC. Do try to keep up eh? 👍
Eton Rifle wrote: PRSboy wrote: Thats a real shame, it was always good racing to watch. I'd rather have the Womens Tour than a third of tax-dodger Lineker on telly.
And Golden Shoehorn of the Week goes to... Oh and Lineker has won his appeal against HMRC. Do try to keep up eh? 👍
I assumed that was the point. He 'dodged' paying £4.9 million in tax (or legally avoided if you're a fan of his). I don't have intimate knowledge of his finances but I'm guessing using the right legal loopholes he pays a lower percentage of tax on his earnings than the person who cleans the studio after he goes home.
I am up to date thank you. He may have won his legal fight but he's still a tax dodger.
PRSboy wrote: I am up to date thank you. He may have won his legal fight but he's still a tax dodger.
If, as the court has decreed, he has paid the correct amount of tax for his tax status, how is that being a tax dodger? It's not as though he had dodgy Cayman Islands companies through which he was routing his funds, JRM style, he simply (and correctly, as the court has ruled) paid tax as a freelance contractor and not as a BBC employee. Paying all your taxes on time, in full, and at the correct rate is not tax dodging.
The beauty of the Sweetspot model has always been that they are not reliant on large name commercial sponsorship to fund the race. Rather, individual councils fund indivdual stages, which in theory makes things far more sustainable.
The challenge with this model is two-fold. Firstly, like any other cycle sport sponsorship, the potential returns for hosting a stage diminish markedly after 2-3 years partnership. Sweetspot have been running the men's and Women's tour for long enough now that they will be getting to the stage that most willing councils have been identified and already rinsed. It's a finite prospect base, and as such, it will get harder and harder to find willing supporters.
Secondly, the squeeze on public spending means there are less available funds for councils or commercial partners to support the events.
In short, unless there is a significant change in council funding, or Sweetspot change their funding model, there will be no Women's Tour in 2024 either.
Remind me what British Cycling is doing with the millions of petro-dollars its green-laundering for Shell again?
Fwiw neither Sky or HSBC funded this race, though BC do fund the Tour of Britain in some way, or own naming rights, as that's why it's called the Tour of Britain, and Sweetspot weren't allowed to call this the Women's Tour of Britain and ended up as The Women's Tour instead, even though the media never got the difference, and BC and its main sponsor logos were always visible at the race.
Sad, but not entirely surprising news - and a damning indicment on the sport in the UK. One wonders just how much is being spent on the 'super Worlds' in Scotland in August - and has left nothing left.
We've had numerous World champions in CX in recent years, but can't find a venue/ backing to host a round of the World Cup......
That is absolutely terrible news. £500,000? For an event that could encourage huge numbers of women and girls to take up cycling, with the proven advantages to the Exchequer in terms of improved health and well-being? If ever there were a case for state intervention...the government gives the FA £30 million a year, for heaven's sake.
Fwiw I don't think government funding the event is the right way forward, though do pause to consider whom the councils who act as stage partners & hosts are receiving the money they pay to be involved from.
In theory the UCI will have to demote the race from WWT level, the costs may then lessen to make it more sustainable though Ride London Classique may replace it ultimately.
Not permanently maybe but just for a year? Just to keep it alive and give the organisers another year to try to find a solution, once these things disappear from the calendar it becomes a good deal more difficult to revive them.
Which just delays the inevitable unfortunately imo, plus if the government have that kind of money I think there are better ways to promote cycling to women than this.
Suffolk hosted a stage in every edition of the race bar 2017 and werent due to host one this year, so 7 years of stages sometimes multiple stages, if my maths is correct. It's hard to see what benefit for cycling that achieved locally considering its probably going to have been at least a 7 figure investment all told.
In fact I know some of the local councils would invest in the race purely to tick their we did some cycling stuff this year box, and have a day out on expenses, rather than invest in active travel or better infra or training or education.
The Suffolk women on wheels group were shut down due to lack of council funding, their guided group rides and events absolutely achieved more to get women cycling, than the race ever did.
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Women's Tour cancelled for 2023 due to financial shortfall
Organisers begin work for 2024 edition as crowdfunding contributors get refunds
The Women's Tour won't go ahead this year due to increased running costs and a lack of sponsorship, race organisers SweetSpot have announced.
The five-stage race route for June was announced earlier this month with a call for sponsorship funding, while SweetSpot also started a crowdfunding campaign to fill the financial gap.
The campaign has raised £18,000 of a target £100,000 so far, but with a lack of a title sponsor for the race and three of the four jerseys also without sponsorship, it has proven too big a hurdle to overcome to run the race this season.
"Owing to a combination of increased running costs (approximately 20% higher in comparison to the 2022 race) and a reduced level of commercial support, it has proved impossible to deliver the event that was proposed for June," SweetSpot announced on Friday morning, stating that the race will take a "one-year hiatus".
Over 500 fans who contributed to the crowdfunding campaign will receive refunds, while SweetSpot will begin work on planning for the 2024 edition of the race.
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"The Women's Tour thanks everybody who donated for their unwavering loyalty, as well as all the messages of goodwill that have been sent. A refund process, overseen by the GoFundMe platform, has begun.
"Organisers are already working on plans for next year's edition, which will mark the 10th anniversary of the first Women's Tour. Wales will host the event's Grand Départ for the first time as part of a long-term agreement already in place with the Welsh Government."
The race was due to start this year in Stratford-upon-Avon on June 7, taking in stages at Northampton, Guisborough, and Derby before a closing circuit race in Birmingham on June 11.
Previous title sponsors of the race have included Friends Life, Aviva, Ovo, and AJ Bell, though last year's race took place without a title sponsor.
Cottages.com, Brother UK, Accurist, and CycleGuard were on board as sponsors of the 2023 race, though Skoda pulled out of supplying vehicles for the race as well as the men's Tour of Britain, while jersey sponsorships and stage partnership packages also remained unfilled.
The cancellation of the race won in the past by Marianne Vos , Lizzie Deignan, Demi Vollering , and Elisa Longo Borghini, among others, leaves a gap in the Women's WorldTour calendar, while it's also another body blow for the domestic racing scene in Britain.
In February, SweetSpot announced that the long-running annual criterium series, the Tour Series, wouldn't take place in 2023, stating that, "It has proved impossible to compile a commercially viable calendar of events for May due to the pressures on local authority funding, combined with the wider economic challenges all businesses face."
Elsewhere, men's and women's Tour de Yorkshire have never returned to the calendar after the COVID-19 pandemic, with organisers stating last September that the 2022 race would also be cancelled due to "economic factors", while the men's RideLondon Classic stopped in 2019.
The men's Continental racing scene has also been decimated, with just two teams remaining in business this season, down from a high watermark of six as recently as 2018.
Since then, JLT Condor, One Pro Cycling, Wiggins, SwiftCarbon and Vitus have all fallen by the wayside, while the winter saw Ribble drop to club level and earlier this month AT85 (formerly known as Canyon dhb) also collapsed , leaving just Trinity Racing and Saint Piran remaining in the men's peloton.
In the women's peloton, Lifeplus-Wahoo also faced a battle to continue over the winter, having faced a €400,000 budget shortfall after title sponsor Le Col pulled out. The team was able to continue, however, as nutritional wellness company Lifeplus stepped in as title sponsor.
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Daniel Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, having joined in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Prior to joining the team, he had written for numerous major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly, Rouleur, and CyclingTips.
Daniel has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France and the spring Classics, and has interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Wout van Aert, Remco Evenepoel, Demi Vollering, and Anna van der Breggen.
As well as original reporting, news and feature writing, and production work, Daniel also oversees The Leadout newsletter and How to Watch guides throughout the season. His favourite races are Strade Bianche and the Volta a Portugal.
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